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Do I Need An Ottoman?

(Brentwood Porter Ottoman pictured above.)


There are many questions to ask yourself when you are redecorating or are in process of updating your furniture. From deciding which room to refresh to which pieces to purchase, you will want to take the time to make the best choices for your lifestyle and budget.


At Smitty’s, one of the questions that we often get asked is, “Do I need an ottoman?”


While there are no hard and fast rules about furniture, there are some key considerations when deciding how best to furnish your space. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when it comes to ottomans:


#1. Do you want a place to put your feet up?


If you like to recline and place your feet up on something, then a coffee table just won’t do. A fabric or leather-covered ottoman is the perfect place to rest your feet at the end of the day, and you won’t have to worry about cracking glass or staining wood.



(Superstyle leather ottoman pictured above.)


#2. Do you need extra seating?


If you often find yourself wishing that you had additional seating options in your space, then an ottoman is an ideal solution to this problem.


Depending on the size of your space, you can select a single size ottoman, or a larger square version that can accommodate several people. When not being used as a seat, the larger ottoman can double as a coffee table or even as a place to play a board game.


#3. Do you require additional storage space?


Ottomans come in all shapes and sizes, and some feature a hinged top that can open to provide you with extra storage space. This is the perfect location to keep extra blankets, games, books, remotes, and more.


#4. Do you require a functional surface that is child-friendly?


Although you may love to have a glass coffee table with square chrome edges, it may not be the best choice if you have young children in your home. Hard, sharp corners are not a small person’s friend — and you don’t want to spend time worrying that your child may get hurt or that the table might get scratched.


Leather or microfibre-covered ottomans are an excellent choice and won’t create any ouchies for kids.


#5. Do you need something to tie your space together?


Sometimes adding an ottoman to your room can be the perfect finishing touch that ties everything together. Placing a bright-coloured ottoman in the centre of your room can act as a focal point, or a neutral-coloured ottoman can complete a balanced look. It all depends on your space.


In the end, an ottoman will generally be a welcome addition, as it can serve so many purposes and bring added enjoyment to your space. Come and visit us at Smitty’s and ask our interior decorating experts what type of ottoman they would suggest for your space.

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Bold Furniture — How To Make It Work

Large wooden, rustic entertainment unit in a modern living room

The famous American poet, Robert Frost, is quoted as saying, “Freedom lies in being bold.” While he was likely referencing the power of the written word, and not furniture, there is truth in this statement when it comes to your home. We encourage you to move away from being timid in your design choices and be bold.


Being bold is empowering, it demonstrates strength, and it allows for creative design. Bold can refer to colour, style, size, or even the placement of furniture and decor — and it’s definitely not something to be afraid of.


At Smitty’s, we often get questions from customers who are nervous about purchasing larger furniture pieces or dramatically designed pieces. In this blog, we hope to inspire you with some tips on how to make bold furniture work in your home.


Bold Designs

Modern glass and metal shelf with two layers and funky design


Not every home is bright or airy or spacious — but every home has the potential to show off its unique features by accenting the space with bold designs.


A bold design could be an artistically crafted console table (as with this gorgeous Hooker Furniture table above), or it can be colourful area rug or glam floor lamp.


Here are some simple ways to bring some bold design into your space without breaking your budget or completely redesigning your space:


Colourful and metallic accent piecesGlass and brassy gold candle hurricanes

Start small by adding a combination of colourful or metallic decorative pieces. These decor elements can be placed on side tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, dining tables, counters, and more.



Contemporary, colourful artwork with a white mat and black frame


Changing your wall art can instantly refresh your entire room. Adding a strongly painted, colourful, or large painting is a great way to add some boldness into your space. You may also consider adding two or three smaller pieces and positioning them together as a group on your wall.


Coffee tables

Wood topped metal, rectangular coffee table with a funky design


Coffee tables are typically one of the focal points in your living room, which makes them an ideal piece to update with something bold. Consider glass, metal, wood, or a combination to make a strong statement.


Bold Furniture

Funky dining room with large bench and chairs and hanging lamps

If you are ready to replace larger furniture pieces in your home, then you have the opportunity to add some bold furniture and change the look and feel of your space.


The top furniture pieces that can help you make an instant statement in your home include:

  • Dining room table & chairs
  • Hutch
  • Living room entertainment console
  • Sofa
  • Bedroom suite

By updating these integral furniture pieces with new designs that offer bold features will give your home new life. It’s amazing the difference you can make by replacing a major item in the room.


In fact, often our customers will decide not to paint their rooms (saving themselves both hassle and money) because, after they’ve installed their new furniture, they discover that the whole room has changed for the better — and the painting project is no longer necessary.

Bed with wooden and fabric headboard and metal legs

For example, if you have a dark bedroom space, because of a darker paint on the walls or limited natural lighting, consider replacing your bedroom suite with a lighter coloured bed with a more pronounced headboard. A larger, bolder headboard will naturally draw your focus to the bed and surrounding furniture pieces, rather than the dark walls.


Whatever area of your home you are looking to update, don’t shy away from bold furniture. Making a strong choice in your design will showcase your space and will make you feel positive about your environment.

Visit us as Smitty’s and let’s update your home with some fantastic, bold furniture.

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Circular Decor & Furnishings

Modern, urban circular coffee table with wood top and metal base

Furniture trends come and go...and often come back again, but one thing that never goes out of style is circular design.


There is something timeless and beautiful about circles. Perhaps it’s their simplicity, their versatility, their flowing contours — we may never know. What we do know is that the use of circles in your furniture and decor is something that will work and look good in the long-term.


Here are some fun and functional ways to bring circular design into your home.


Circular coffee tables


Round coffee tables are warm, inviting, and flexible, as they can be accessed on all sides and used for a variety of functions. Their smooth curve is visually appealing and the lack of hard corners is also nice to have — just ask yourself how many times you’ve bumped your knee on the hard corner of your existing coffee table? Ouch!


Circular coffee tables are available in a wide range of materials, including combinations of wood, glass, metal, and fabric. Depending on your prefered brand, you may also be able to customize your fabric or wood finish.


At Smitty’s, we recommend having a look at Hooker Furniture (featured above), Artage, and Amisco.


Circular mirrors

Contemporary circular mirror with metallic design


Mirrors are the perfect way to bring some circular design into your home. Aside from helping to brighten your space by bringing in light from outside, mirrors are useful for checking your appearance before heading out for the day.


Key places to consider placing a mirror in your home include:

  • Your entryway
  • Your bathroom
  • Your bedroom
  • Your living room
  • Your guest room

At Smitty’s, we have a lovely range of mirrors by Surya to check out.


Circular dining tables

Wooden, circular dining table with three chairs and natural decor


Every home needs a dining table and, if you’re considering updating your dining suite, we recommend a circular dining table. Round tables, small or large, offer a comfortable seating arrangement where everyone can easily see each other, pass food items, do homework, and play games.


Round dining tables, like the Hooker Furniture table featured above, are available in a range of materials and sizes — from pub size to family size, you can achieve the circular look with ease.


There are so many beautiful circular furniture and decorative pieces to choose from that it can be hard to know which elements to bring into your home. Visit the interior decorating experts at Smitty’s and we’ll help you make it work.

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How To Add Natural Elements to Your Decor

Linen sectionnal, wooden coffee table, wicker accents

This is the perfect time of year to bring nature into your home. Natural and organic fabrics and decor will add warmth to your space, and will also help create a relaxing environment. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when considering adding natural elements to your decor:


What kinds of natural fabrics are available for my furniture?


There are more natural fabrics on the market than ever before, it just depends on the brand and the retailer.


Some furniture brands, like Brentwood and Decor-Rest offer the ability to customize your pieces by choosing from a range of fabrics. These fabrics may include the following natural fabrics:

  • Leather
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Jute
  • Wool

It is important to consider that different natural fabrics offer different levels of wear.


For example, silk is more delicate and is not meant for high-wear areas, like sofas. On the other hand, leather is extremely durable and wears well over time, which makes it ideal for sofas.


What kind of natural fabrics are best for my furniture?


Choosing which fabric will work best for your sofa, accent chair, or other furniture pieces comes down to how the furniture will be used. Key questions to ask yourself include:

  • Who will be sitting on the furniture?
  • Will children use the furniture?
  • Will pets be allowed to sit on the furniture?
  • Will there be food or drink consumed (i.e. dining chairs)?
  • Will it be placed by an entryway (i.e. dirty footwear)?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you may want to consider a more durable and easy-to-clean natural fabric, like Crypton fabrics.


Crypton fabrics have built-in stain repellency, built-in odor resistance, and enhanced abrasion resistance. Smitty’s carries a range of Crypton fabrics and our team will be happy to review what is available for your particular furniture item.


What kind of natural decor should I get?


When choosing a natural, decorative item, it really comes down to your personal style.


It is very on-trend to decorate with wooden elements like naturally-shaped wooden bowls. However, wood isn’t to everyone’s liking.


If wood isn’t your thing, you may want to add a glass vase and some floral arrangements to your dining table, coffee table, or side table.


Another great way to bring some natural design elements into your space is to add a rattan or bamboo tray. This tray could be placed on a coffee table and hold other decorative items, like candles or books, or it can be used functionally to serve snacks or beverages.


Whatever your style, at Smitty’s, we can help you find natural elements to suit your taste and your lifestyle. Visit us for a free interior decorating consultation to learn more.

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Coffee Table, Side Table, or Ottoman?

Matching Sofa & Loveseat with Chrome Coffee Table & Side Table

It can be a tough decision…should you get a coffee table, a side table, an ottoman, or all three?


Your decision will vary depending on a variety of factors, most importantly your style and your budget. However, there are some important things to consider when you are trying to decide which furniture will work best in your space.


Pros & cons of coffee tables

Wood and metal coffee table


A coffee table is a key focal point of your living room. It helps to define your space and it provides you with functional space.


Coffee tables are available in an incredible range of materials, sizes, and shapes, and they can blend in with your other furnishings and decor or stand out as a design element. The table above is designed and built by Forge Design.


Pros of coffee tables

Creates a focal point in your room

Adds useful, functional space

Can be used to house decor

Can be used as a footrest


Cons of coffee tables

Gets in your way

Taking up valuable floor space in smaller rooms

Depending on the material it may require regular cleaning

May stain or scratch


Pros & cons of ottomans

Blue fabric ottoman with nailhead design

An ottoman can also act as a key focal point of your living room. Much like a coffee table, an ottoman will help to define your room and, depending on its design, it may provide you with functional space.


Ottomans are also available in a wide range of materials, sizes, and shapes, and they can blend in with your other furnishings and decor or stand out as a design element. The ottoman above is designed and built by Brentwood.


Pros of ottomans

Creates a focal point in your room

Adds functional space

Adds storage space (some ottomans will open to reveal a storage compartment)

Can be used as a footrest, and padded ottomans are more comfortable for your feet than wooden or glass coffee tables


Cons of ottomans

Gets in your way

Taking up valuable floor space in smaller rooms

Depending on the material it may require regular cleaning

May stain or scratch


Pros & cons of side tables

Chrome side table

Side tables help to define a living area. Traditionally placed on either side of a sofa or seating area, side tables are generally more functional than decorative — although there are some brands like Artage, (feature above) that achieve both form and function.


Pros of side tables

Adds functional space

Provides suitable locations for lighting

Frames a room

Adds a decorative element to your space


Cons of side tables

Getting in your way

Takes up valuable floor space in smaller rooms

Depending on the material it may require regular cleaning

May stain or scratch

There are plenty of good reasons to have one or more of these furniture pieces in your space. Visit the experts at Smitty’s and we’ll help you figure out the best options for your home.

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Metal Accent Furniture

Contemporary grey sofa, teal accent chair, and glass and metal coffee table and side table.


Metal is making a comeback in a big way. Metal furniture is sturdy and stunning — and can be used in any room of your home. Adding metal accent furniture into your decor will breathe new life into your space. Here are some simple ways to update your home with metal accent furniture:


Metal Accent Tables

Contemporary living room with metal island table, stools, side tables, and area rug.

Coffee tables, side tables, island tables, and hallway entry tables are all excellent ways to bring metal into your space.


Metal furniture doesn’t mean dark grey, dull, and utilitarian. Metal tables come in a wide range of tones including: stainless steel, silver, champagne, gold, brass, copper, and bronze.


Here are some ways to add metal accent tables to your home:


Metal Accent Chairs, Dining Chairs, & Stools

Modern cream coloured, fabric accent chair with brass base.

Depending on which room in your home you are looking to update, you may consider accent chairs, dining chairs, or stools.


Accent chairs that feature metallic elements will add instant style to your room — and popular features include metal framing and nailheads.


Here are some ways to add metal accent chairs to your home:

  • Metal and fabric, metal and wood, and even solid metal chairs are an instant way to update your dining room. Brands like Amisco offer a huge selection of dining chairs to suit any style.
  • Accent chairs, featuring metal framing or nailheads, look great and provide comfort. These chairs can be placed in living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and anywhere you might require additional seating. Brands like Decor-Rest offer gorgeously crafted pieces.
  • Metal stools and benches are very much on trend and can be used at kitchen islands, in home offices, kids’ rooms, and more. Brands like Artage and Amisco will inspire you.


No matter what room you are considering updating, we have something for everyone. Visit us at Smitty’s and check out our amazing selection of metal accent furniture.

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Time To Get Cozy With Leather


It’s the middle of winter and there’s no better time of year to get cozy. There are lots of different ways to bring warmth and softness into your home, and Smitty’s has got the best tips for achieving this — for any room in your home.


In 2018, the trend is furniture with curves, rounded edges, and earthy tones. Especially in the colder months, you want furniture that makes you feel warm and cozy — and these tones will bring this feeling into your space.


Warm, Earthy Tones & Curves


A simple way to add instant warmth to your space is by selecting furniture pieces with earthy tones. Your living room will look much warmer by adding a dark-coloured, leather sofa or ottoman.


If you want to add a cozy feel to your room, we suggest selecting furniture with curves. Whether it’s the curve of the arm on a sofa or accent chair, or the rounded edges on an ottoman, curves will create a softer feeling in your space.


Cozy Up To Leather




There are many benefits to adding leather furniture to your home. Leather is very durable, it cleans easily, and it wears well — and it’s a natural material, so it breathes and shapes to your form for additional comfort.


Superstyle makes beautifully-crafted sofas in a variety of warm, rich-coloured leathers that are perfect for snuggling or curling up with your favourite book. Available in a wide assortment of colours, try selecting rich tones like rustic browns or mahogany reds to warm up your space.


Palliser is known for its user-friendly designs and its ability to custom-make a variety of leather furniture pieces, from ottomans to sectionals.



Brentwood makes beautifully-crafted sofas and accent chairs, available in rich-coloured leathers ranging from Equestrian Chocolate to Sonora Taupe. Perfect for any room in your home, these cozy pieces will add elegance and warmth.


Whatever you’re looking for, we are proud to carry brands that have a long history of designing and manufacturing quality furniture for your home.


Come into Smitty’s today and check out our amazing selection of customizable leather furniture.


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Take Your Room from Blah to Wow with Leather Furniture


Leather furniture never goes out of style. It’s easy to clean, it’s durable, and it’s super comfortable. Here are some of Smitty’s favourite leather brands that will take your room from blah to wow.




Leathercraft has been manufacturing high-quality leather furniture for over 40 years. Offering customers a broad range of the finest leathers, sourced from around the world, their furniture is definitely ‘wow’ calibre.


Leather Craftsmanship


Leathercraft believes that perfect leather is one that shows the genuine character of the hide. Scratches, scars, insect bites, and neck wrinkles help to verify authenticity. The team at Leathercraft believe that leather should look like leather — not like the vinyl tablecloth you had at home when you were growing up.


Using genuine leather, and crafted by hand, their products range from chairs and recliners to sofas and ottomans — and are available in styles from modern to classic.


Always on trend, Leathercraft’s newest product lines feature wood finishes, nail trim, quilting, and curved elements. You will not be disappointed by the options and their selection of leathers is unmatched. Click here to check out their full selection — you will be amazed!




Palliser is a Canadian company that has been designing and manufacturing high-quality, custom leather furniture for decades. Beginning as a family business in the 1940s, Palliser hasn’t wavered from their commitment to making furniture to fit your life, with customized options from the shape to the fabric.


Focusing on quality construction, Palliser has embedded quality control to every step of their production process. Every Palliser piece is built by North American craftspeople and every sectional ships with a photo of the product, and a signature of the craftsperson who completed it.


Palliser offers a broad range of pieces, from sofas and sectionals to chairs and theatre seating. Smitty’s is proud to be the region’s largest Authorized Palliser dealer.


Visit Smitty’s showroom today and check out our incredible leather furniture — we’ve got the best selection in the region.


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Functional Furniture

Example of functional furniture being used to hold laptop

Remember those awkward and ugly pieces of furniture that were in your grandparent’s house? You know the ones — the small seat and attached mini-table, where the telephone was located. The hutch that was only able to hold a few tea cups and nothing else. The television stand that had no place to store the remote or the VHS tapes.


Those pieces of furniture didn’t match any of the other furniture pieces in the room, they were really uncomfortable, and they were totally out of style — but it was forgivable because they had a purpose. They had a job and were functional.


Today, furniture with function doesn’t have to be utilitarian and uninspired. Now, functional furniture is beautifully designed and offers incredible storage benefits.


Here are some of the Smitty’s team’s favourite pieces of functional furniture.


Ottomans with Secret Storage

Ottoman with secret storage from Decor-Rest at Smitty's Fine Furniture

Decor-Rest logo

Storage ottomans come in all shapes, sizes, and fabrics. They are extremely handy to store useful items in your living room that you may not want on display. Now, instead of trying to dig your remote out from between your sofa cushions, you can place it neatly inside your ottoman!


Depending on your lifestyle, ottomans can be a comfortable place to rest your feet while relaxing on the sofa, or they can act as a low table for a tray with decor items.


Available in a range of widths and heights, be sure to check your space before shopping. You want to be sure it will fit in your living room and won’t get in the way of your other furniture.


Lift-Top Coffee Tables

Magnussen logo

Lift-top coffee tables have changed everything. This innovative design allows you to have hidden storage, visible storage, and a functional surface area.  


This lift-top table looks exactly like a regular coffee table until you raise the easy-to-use surface. The table will then provide you with a great desk for working, a table for eating while watching your favourite show, or a surface to play a game. It’s an amazingly versatile piece of furniture for your living room!


Available in a variety of styles and finishes, these cleverly-designed coffee tables are terrific space savers.


Beverage Consoles

Beverage console from Howard Miller at Smitty's Fine Furniture

Howard Miller logo

It’s great to have your glassware, beverage accessories, and bottles handy — and what better way than to store them in a beautifully crafted console.


Available in an array of styles with solid wood or glass doors, glassware shelving, and bottle shelving, these are not your parents’ hutches.


Stylish and functional, these consoles offer an easy way to stay engaged with your company, while preparing a beverage. No more leaving the room and missing out on the conversation, the movie, or the game.

Smitty’s has an array of functional furniture to choose from. Come and visit us today to see how we can help you make your space look stylish and functional!


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Top Accent Chairs

Top accent chairs at Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener, Canada

Future Fine Furniture logo

Now that the cooler weather is here, we are spending more time inside. November is a great time to relax in the living room or study, host guests, read, and enjoy the great indoors. The question is: do you have enough seating for everyone and are you comfortable with the seating you do have?


There are more accent chair options than ever before and sometimes it can be overwhelming.


Here are Smitty’s top accent chair choices:


Zero-Gravity Chairs

Zero gravity chair from Palliser at Smitty's Fine Furniture

Palliser logo

There are so many benefits to owning a zero-gravity chair that it’s hard to know where to begin.


Zero-gravity chairs were originally invented by NASA to help astronauts avoid the physical stress of liftoff. Now, this incredible technology has made its way into our homes.


These remarkably comfortable chairs are versatile and can help with a host of ailments.


Reclining in a Palliser Zero-Gravity Chair can help you:

  • Reduce swelling in your legs
  • Reduce pressure on your vertebrae and spine
  • Increase blood flow to your heart and improve circulation, by reclining with your legs over your head
  • Reduce the pressure of gravity on your muscles and bones

Palliser’s Zero-Gravity chairs are customizable and come in a range of fabrics and leathers to suit any room in your home.


Swivel Chairs

Swivel chair from Decor-Rest at Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener

Swivel chairs are on trend. They are designed to appear like regular accent chairs, but they are so much more. Decor-Rest and Hooker swivel chairs are super comfortable and great for:

  • Placing by a window to take in a view
  • Placing in a room with several focal points (e.g. a fireplace, a window, a coffee table)
  • Placing in a room to create two distinct focal areas (e.g. can turn to face the sofa and then turn towards a television in the opposite direction)

Swivel chairs are available in a range of styles, fabrics, and colours — and some even recline.



Man in a reclining chair from Dutailer at Smitty's Fine Furniture

Dutailrer logo

These are not your father’s recliners. Recliners come in a variety of styles, from modern to traditional, and they can be customized with a wide array of fabrics and leathers.


Reclining in a Leathercraft Recliner can help:

  • Reduce pressure and pain on your lower back
  • Reduce swelling in your legs and ankles
  • Assist with overall circulation

Leathercraft designs and builds gorgeous leather recliners in styles from classic to contemporary.


A Chair for Everyone


Whether you’re redecorating your space, replacing a worn out chair, or adding seating to accommodate guests for the upcoming holiday season, we have a chair for everyone.


Smitty’s expert decorating team will help you find the perfect chairs for every room, for every need, and to suit your style. Come and check out our chairs today!

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